Internships at community organizations allow Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) students to explore new interests and to put in practice the knowledge they have learned in the classroom. Two Whatcom Community College students are currently interning at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, where they are gaining experience in marketing and event planning. Allied Arts has hosted five NWCCI interns since 2011.
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation whose vision is to enliven and promote the artistic identity within our community and make our region an arts destination and creative, vibrant place to live. For over 30 years, Allied Arts of Whatcom County has been a driving force in cultivating and nourishing the local arts scene and serves more than 50,000 people annually.
Allied Arts has improved the cultural health and vitality of the community through community events involving visual artists and musicians, its sponsorship of exhibits and programs focused on local artists, its extensive arts education in local schools and its public advocacy for the arts. Currently, they are focused on developing and increasing collaborative relationships with local and regional organizations serving Whatcom County.
Malu Marie Jacobs, a Brazilian student studying business management and Izza Asshofi, an Indonesian student studying hospitality and tourism currently intern with Allied Arts. Executive Director, Kelly Hart describes their specific projects. “Malu has been a great help in coordinating the 2014 Annual Membership Drive. She is compiling a list of potential members, putting together all of the campaign materials to bring on new members for Allied Arts including a phone-a-thon that the board members will be facilitating. She will also be assisting with the planning of our annual Membership Meeting.”
“Izza has been lending his artistic and marketing talents to the 2014 Juried Artist Series Exhibits including social media posts, press releases, web posts, calendar listing, printed materials and much, much more. Izza has also been a terrific help in assisting with the final touch up of 12 murals that the Fairhaven Middle School students created with teaching artist Ben Mann,” commented Hart.
Mr. Asshofi reflects on his experience, “Being an intern might be boring if I couldn’t find a place that I’m passionate about. Allied Arts provides me two things at once: event planning and marketing development. In addition, Allied Arts has stimulated my awareness to turn simple ideas into events which I never imagined beforehand. I’ll definitely take it away to bring it into reality.”
The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.